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New York state to step up protection against hate crimes after antisemitic threat

Luke Tress is an editor and a reporter in New York for The Times of Israel.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul speaks about investments in microchip manufacturing in upstate New York at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, New York, October 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)
New York Governor Kathy Hochul speaks about investments in microchip manufacturing in upstate New York at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, New York, October 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)

NEW YORK — New York Governor Kathy Hochul says police will increase surveillance and protection for hate crimes targets following threats against the Jewish community and a mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado.

“I have directed the New York State Police to ramp up monitoring and increase support for communities that are potential targets of hate crimes,” Hochul says. “Here in New York, we will not tolerate violence or bigotry toward any community. We stand united against hate — today and every day.”

The state police’s counter-terror unit is conducting outreach to synagogues and other Jewish community groups in the state, as well as to LGBTQ groups.

Authorities are also monitoring social media for more threats, Hochul says.

Law enforcement on Saturday arrested two men in New York City and seized weapons including an illegal pistol after one of the suspects threatened Jews.

Jews are targeted in hate crimes in New York City far more than any other group, in both absolute and per capita terms.

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